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Lacinato Kale Caesar Salad

  • Author: Katie
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 14 cups 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: no cook
  • Cuisine: American


This easy Kale Caesar salad made with Lacinato kale (sometimes called Tuscan kale or Dinosaur kale) is an easy 15 minute way to enjoy raw kale and is a great side salad to enjoy with a variety of meals.



1 small clove garlic

¼ teaspoon coarse kosher salt, plus more to taste

2 anchovies, chopped

¼ cup plus 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

½  cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese, divided

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 ½ teaspoons Dijon mustard

Freshly ground pepper to taste

2 bunches lacinato kale,13- 14 ounces (about 12 cups chopped)

2 cups croutons, either homemade or purchased


  1. Peel and mince garlic clove. Sprinkle ¼ teaspoon salt over the garlic and mash with the side of a chef’s knife to form a smooth paste. Scrape garlic paste into a food processor or blender. Add anchovies, ¼ cup oil, ¼ cup cheese, lemon juice, Dijon and pepper and puree until smooth and pale yellow, about 30 seconds.
  2. Remove and discard thick ribs and stems of kale and tear or chop into bite-size pieces. Wash and spin dry in a salad spinner.
  3. Place kale in a large bowl and drizzle with the remaining 2 teaspoons oil. Using clean hands massage until the leaves are softened and dark green, about 1 minute.
  4. Pour the dressing and some of the remaining cheese over the kale and toss to coat.
  5. Add croutons and cheese and toss to combine. Add additional salt and pepper to taste if desired. Divide among 4 plates to serve.


Make Ahead: Croutons can be made up to 3 days in advance. Store in an airtight container until ready to enjoy. Dressing can be made up to 3 days in advance. Store in a jar in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature before tossing with the salad. 


  • Serving Size: 2 1/3 cups
  • Calories: 233
  • Sugar: 0
  • Fat: 16 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 20 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 6 g